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Donors Must Help Build Local Capacity In Recipient Nations To Ensure Aid Efficiency, Efficacy

The Hill: Foreign aid on the front line
Linn Dorin, principal of Global Finance Strategies, and Raj Kumar, president and editor-in-chief of Devex

“…The Ebola outbreak highlighted one of the biggest limitations in the world’s current approach to international development: local capacity. Money is critical in an emergency, but it is equally important that a country has the ability to use that money effectively. … To prevent the next epidemic and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, we need to do more than just train nurses and build health centers. We need to build the operational and financial capacities of the local institutions that are essential partners in the delivery of effective aid” (4/30).

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